Half Spent Was the Night

Half Spent Was the Night

A Witches' Yuletide

eBook - 2018
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Beloved author Ami McKay is back, bringing us a magical follow-up in the tradition of Victorian winter tales to her mesmerizing bestseller, The Witches of New York. During the nights between Christmas and New Year's, the witches of New York--Adelaide Thom, Eleanor St. Clair and the youngest, Beatrice Dunn--gather before the fire to tell ghost stories and perform traditional Yuletide divinations. (Did you know that roasting chestnuts were once used to foretell one's fate?) As the witches roast chestnuts and melt lead to see their fate, a series of odd messengers land on their doorstep bearing invitations for a New Year's Eve masquerade hosted by a woman they've never met. Gossip, dreams and portents follow, leading the witches to question the woman's motives. Is she as benevolent as she seems or is she laying a trap. And so, as Gilded-Age New York prepares to ring in the new year, the witches don their finery and heard for the ball, on the hunt for answers that might well be the end of them.
Publisher: New York : Knopf Canada, 2018
ISBN: 9780735275676
073527567X
Branch Call Number: FAST READ EBOOK (NO HOLDS)
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jan 19, 2019

Why is it I never seem to get it? I read the book —- tore through it in fact. It was brief. Not enough to keep you occupied for two or three days. To me it’s a kind of fairy tale. A sort of Hans Christian Anderson but with witches —- three of ‘me in fact. Cause this tale is set in New York, in the 1800s I’ll be it they can’t just make their living conjuring up toads and stirring up cauldrons of eye of new, no, they must make their living in more conventional ways of the times. Reading clients palms and such.
Like I said, I don’t think I get it. I think it’s a fairy tale kind of story with ravens that aren’t entirely ravens. And while is perceive some instances of darkness to this novelette I don’t get this stuff about women’s empowerment and other themes the big time reviewers find in this novel.
To me, it’s almost a story book you can read to children of a certain age before bed time.
P.S. All the while while I was reading “Half Sent” I could see the movie into which it could morph.
But read it for yourself. You be the judge.

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carleymc89
Dec 11, 2018

I loved this book! What a great short story with the characters I already loved from Witches of New York. I definitely appreciated Ami's take on a 'Holiday' story by making it a bit creepier and a bit darker than the typical 'Holiday' story!

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